Froedtert Hospital News Room
Archive July to December 2011
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Julie's BlogFrom TodaysTMJ4.com (December 2011) — Human papilloma virus, or HPV, has been identified as the cause of most cervical cancers. In an interview about a Wisconsin woman who wrote a book on her battle with the disease, gynecologic cancer specialist Janet Rader, MD, says a vaccination called Gardisil is an important advance in preventing cervical cancers.
A Doctor's View — From the Patient SideFrom jsonline.com (December 2011) — Being a bone-marrow transplant recipient brings a variety of challenges to the patient, a fact that Lee Biblo, MD, a cardiologist at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin can attest. Dr. Biblo has seen and experienced many of these challenges — from both sides of the bedrail.
Siblings Bound by Blood After Stem Cell Transplant From jsonline.com (December 2011) — Lives change. Blood doesn't. As John Raschella fought a rare type of cancer, his last hope came from his sister Ann. It came in the form of her own blood, from which her stem cells were harvested and transplanted into John.
Gel Effective at Cutting Risk of Premature BirthFrom jsonline.com (December 2011) — A landmark study shows that a vaginal hormone gel was consistently effective in preventing preterm births in different parts of the world, which should boost the case for widely prescribing it for women who have a short cervix and an increased risk for delivering their babies prematurely. Premature birth is the No. 1 reason babies in Milwaukee die before their first birthday.
Froedtert & Medical College Weight Loss Surgery Cited for ExcellenceFrom BrookfieldNow.com (December 2011) — The Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Bariatric Surgery Program has received the bariatric surgery “Center of Excellence” designation from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the third time since 2005 that the program has received a three-year accreditation. The designation is earned through a rigorous review that examins safety, surgical outcomes, quality of care and overall performance.
Older Adults' Brains Benefits from Baked Fish, Study SaysFrom jsonline.com (November 2011) — Is fish the new brain food? A new study has found that older people who regularly ate baked fish lost fewer brain cells and performed better performance on cognitive tests. The study, which shows an association between fish consumption and brain health, it is one of the first to take actual MRI measurements of brain volume and link it to the consumption of eating baked or broiled fish over the course of 10 years.
Sharron Coffie Recognized as Health Care HeroFrom BizTimes.com (December 2011) — As a nurse, a mentor, and a community heart healthy liaison, Sharron Coffie, RN, endlessly demonstrates her passion and commitment to positive heart health outcomes among African Americans in southeastern Wisconsin. An advanced practice nurse at Froedtert Hospital, Coffie has been recognized as a Biz Times Health Care Hero for her work with cardiac patients.
7 Tips for Making Your Mobile Site User-friendly From Health Care Communication News (November 2011) — In our ever-more mobile society, having quick access to essential healthcare information is increasingly the norm. Approximately 87 percent of smartphone owners access the Internet or email on their handheld devices, including more than two-thirds who do so on a typical day.
Up and Running From gmtoday.com (November 2011) — In the summer of 2010, Erika Osborn should have been training for the World Duathlon Championships in Scotland. Instead, it was a summer of pain and rehabilitation, the result of being struck by a car during a training run. Successful spine stabilization surgery has this elite athlete up and running again.
BizTimes to Honor Health Care Heroes From BizTimes.com (November 2011) — Howard Jacob, PhD, Warren P. Knowles Chair of Genetics and Director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center at The Medical College of Wisconsin, and Sharron Coffie, RN, of Froedtert Hospital are among the healthcare professionals recognized in the annual Health Care Heroes Awards from BizTimes.com.
The Fight Against Cancer From TodaysTMJ4.com (November 2011) — A research grant from the American Cancer Society will be utilized to improve access to breast cancer information, screening and treatment, especially among underserved women. Education, screenings, and early detection are keys to reducing the occurrence of breast cancer as well as improving the five-year survival rate.
Speedskater Alyson Dudek 'Stronger Than Ever' After Shoulder Injury From jsonline.com (November 2011) — After Alyson Dudek crashed into the boards during a short-track speedskating World Cup event in October 2010, her first instinct was to get back to her feet and finish the race. Her separated left shoulder had other ideas. Surgery and extensive therapy have this world-class speedskater — and Green Bay Packers fan — back on the ice.
Froedtert Doctors Try Using Heat, Chemo to Halt Liver Cancer (November 2011) — For one hour, a heated chemotherapy drug coursed through Mark Vetter's liver as he lay in the operating room. A promising approach to fighting intractable cancers, the combination of chemotherapy and heat began killing the cancer cells in Vetter's liver almost immediately and continued doing so for days.
Consumers Rank Froedtert Hospital Best in Milwaukee From ElmGroveNOW.com (November 2011) — Froedtert Hospital is the most-preferred hospital in Milwaukee, earning the National Research Corporation’s 2011 Consumer Choice Award for the seventh straight year. The award recognizes hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers consider to have the highest quality care and reputation, as chosen by people who live in the communities the hospitals serve.
McLean of Two Rivers Fights on Against LeukemiaFrom htrnews.com (November 2011) — Eric McLean would like nothing better than to be in the hospital on Thanksgiving. If he is, he'll be making what he hopes ia a full and lasting recovery from a third stem cell transplant. Regardless of whether he is or not, McLean will continue to fight on against acute myelogenous leukemia.
Elite 18 Spice Up Supply Chain SpectacleFrom hponline.com (November 2011) — By integrating its members into a network with a single centralized corporate management structure, Froedtert Health earned a place among Healthcare Purchasing News' inaugural "Elite 18" that highlights healthcare providers using innovative approaches to managing purchasing and supply processes.
Lung Cancer Kills Nearly 3,000 Wisconsinites Every YearFrom PublicNewsService.org (November 2011) — Lung cancer is responsible for nearly 30 percent of all cancer deaths in America; in Wisconsin alone 4,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The deadly disease, and ways to reduce your chances of being afflicted, are the focus of Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November.
Thousands of Volunteers Donate Time and Talent in the Medical SettingFrom WUWM.com (November 2011) — More than two decades ago, an industrial accident landed Jeff Grabowski in a wheelchair for life, starting with seven months in Froedtert Hospital’s spinal care unit. Today, Grabowski is still a regular at the unit — as a peer counselor, offering a unique perspective to current patients.
Lower Levels of Vitamin D May Put Spinal Fusion Patients at Risk From jsonline.com (November 2011) — A new study found that more than half of people undergoing spinal fusion surgery had inadequate levels of vitamin D, a condition that doctors say might reduce their chances of having successful back surgery.
Squat Lifts Likely Cause of Stress Fractures in Young AthletesFrom jsonline.com (November 2011) — A study presented at the North American Spine Society concludes that the squat lift, an exercise that has long been a standard training technique for athletes, puts inordinate stress on the spine and likely is the cause of chronic stress fractures in young athletes.
Medical College's Bone Marrow Transplant Programs at Children's Hospital and Froedtert Re-AccreditedFrom MequonNow.com (October 2011) — The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) has awarded a three-year re-accreditation to The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) program at Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The BMT program is a combined effort of The Medical College, Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and BloodCenter of Wisconsin and has been continuously accredited by FACT since 2001.
Supercomputer Could Improve Health CareFrom biztimes.com (October 2011) — We'll take Health Care for 200, Alex. The answer is Watson, the IBM supercomputer that defeated two of Jeopardy's most successful contestants ever. The correct response is: What technology is being used to bring best practices found in medical literature into healthcare administration?
State Legislators Working to Make Oral Chemo More AffordableFrom TodaysTMJ4.com (October 2011) — Oral chemotherapy treatments can carry significant benefits for some cancer patients because they are more precisely targeted to attack the cancer. Unfortunately, oral chemotherapy medications are considered a prescription drug by many insurance companies and can require patients to make a mortgage-sized co-payment. An effort is underway in Madison to change state law so that insurance companies are required to cover oral treatments at the same level as in-hospital chemotherapy.
Measuring Quality Improves Doctors' Care, Study Finds From jsonline.com (October 2011) — The idea that tracking the quality of care provided by physicians would change how they practice medicine has been more accepted than studied. The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality now can be cited as an example that it does.
Cancer Researchers Look to Personalize TreatmentsFrom 620wtmj.com (October 2011) — How does a cancer cell become a cancer cell? That's one of the many questions that researchers at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin are working to answer. And in those answers may lie the key to highly personalized treatments for those fighting the disease.
Cards of HopeFrom TodaysTMJ4.com (October 2011) — In the fight against breast cancer, a message of hope can help make the battle a little less daunting. When the message comes in the form of a handmade card from a stranger living across the country — or on the other side of the world — it brings home the fact that no one battling breast cancer is alone.
Men Fight Breast Cancer TooFrom 620wtmj.com (October 2011) — Mention the words "breast cancer" and most people think of the disease that annually claims the lives of tens of thousands of women. Yet each year the diagnosis is made in several thousand men, who find themselves fighting a disease and a stigma.
Manitowoc Sisters Share Special Bond of Kidney TransplantFrom ntrnews.com (October 2011) — While growing up, sisters Donna Eisenschink and Nancy Brocker knew they shared a special bond. That bond grew even stronger 35 years ago when Nancy donated a kidney that saved her sister's life and has kept Donna going strong ever since.
“Get Your Rear in Gear” Run/Walk to Raise Awareness and Funds for Colon Cancer Prevention and Research (October 2011) — The first annual “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5K run and walk will be held on Saturday, October 15th at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. The event supports Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin’s programs for research, awareness, prevention and screening for colon cancer.
Register online or in person before October 11th. Team registration is encouraged for companies, schools and organizations with ten or more participants.
Fox 6 Now
Fighting Breast CancerFrom MyMilwaukeeLife.com (September 2011) — Treating breast cancer today involves an individualized approach, tailoring therapies to a patient’s lifestyle and the characteristics of the type of breast cancer. Today, with advances in radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery, more patients survive the disease without losing a breast.
Center for Hope From M Magazine (September 2011) — Built to create an optimal "patients first" environment, the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin's Clinical Cancer Center provides a calming atmosphere designed to reduce stress that could affect a patient's ability to recover.
Mock Crash at Kettle Moraine High School From Lake Country Living (September 2011) — What happens when drinking and driving meets texting and driving? Students and parents at Kettle Moraine High School were shown the devastating impact of a vehicle crash caused by impaired and distracted driving as part of Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin's Forever Changed program.
Froedtert Takes Over Miller Park to Help Lower Obesity NumbersFrom Fox6Now.com (September 2011) — More than 400 people signed up for a potentially life-changing event at Miller Park on September 17. Physicians and other weight-loss specialists from the Froedtert & The Medical College Comprehensive Weight Loss Center provided information and support to people who face serious health issues as a result of struggling to control their weight.
Academic, Medical Institutions Team Up on Healthcare ChallengesFrom jsonline.com (September 2011) — In a new collaboration, Froedtert Health, The Medical College of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital and Health System, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Marquette University will share expertise in business, economics, and health care with the goal of discovering new efficiences and curbing the rise in healthcare costs.
jsonline.com (Sept. 12)
jsonline.com (Sept. 17)
Free Weight Loss Advice at Miller Park Event (September 2011) — More than half of Wisconsin residents are obese or overweight and face serious health problems as a result. At a free community event offering information and support, weight loss specialists from Froedtert & The Medical College Comprehensive Weight Loss Center will offer information and support to people who are struggling with their weight.
Fox Focus (Sept. 13)
Fox 6 Wakeup
Fox Focus (Sept. 15)
Froedtert Hospital President Cathy Buck Named Woman of InfluenceFrom WUWM.com (September 2011) — Froedtert Hospital President and 2011 Woman of Influence award winner Cathy Buck talks about her career in health care.
The Business Journal's Healthiest EmployersFrom bizjournals.com (August 2011) — Workplace wellness programs can be the springboard for getting employees started on the path to better health. In a recent Business Journal roundtable discussion, representatives of the Froedtert Health Workforce Health program and others offered their thoughts on successful employer-sponsored wellness efforts.
Greenfield Highlands Health Center Opens in Milwaukee County (August 2011) — With a new health care center in Greenfield, there are now eight off-campus Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin locations offering family health services.
Lieutenant Gov. Speaks To Cancer Survivors From wisn.com (August 2011) — Colon cancer survivor Rebecca Kleefisch talked about her experience at an American Cancer Society event held at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center, where she received her cancer care.
New Role for Henry WinklerFrom wuwm.com (August 2011) — Actor and author Henry Winkler, best known for his role as the Fonz on TV's "Happy Days," and Froedtert & Medical College physician John McGuire, MD, discuss upper limb spasticity, a condition often affecting people who suffer strokes. Winkler, who began speaking publicly about the problem since his mother developed it following a stroke, recently visited Milwaukee to help raise awareness of the disorder.
Message to the Community Has Grown with Tosa's Night OutFrom wauwatosa.patch.com (July 2011) — In cooperation with the Wauwatosa Police Department, Froedtert & The Medical College are once again the lead sponsor of Tosa's Night Out, an annual event aimed at promoting a safe and healthy community.
Froedtert Receives High National Ranking(July 2011) — Froedtert Hospital ranks among the top 50 hospitals nationwide in the 2011-12 "Best Hospitals" list published by U.S. News & World Report. Just 140 of the nation's nearly 5,000 hospitals and only three in Wisconsin performed well enough to make the list.
The Business Journal
Medical College, Froedtert Hospital Recognized From wauwatosanow.com (July 2011) — As an academic medical center, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin participate in more than 1,600 clinical trials and research studies every year. Recent accreditation by a national organization assures patients of the quality, safety and integrity of our clinical research program.
Pioneering Research to Treat Spinal Cord InjuriesFrom jsonline.com (July 2011) — Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin are among seven sites nationwide participating in the first clinical trial to use human embryonic stem cells in the treatment of spinal cord injuries.
Shades of GrayFrom diversity-executive.com (July 2011) — Inclusive workplaces are a sign of times. More and more, organizations are striving to reflect the communities they serve and to include the ideas and perspectives of all. Joseph Hill, chief diversity officer for Froedtert Health, was among a number of executives offering their views about the complexities of race in the workplace.
Henry Winkler to Speak About Upper Limb Spasticity at Froedtert HospitalFrom wisn.com (July 2011) — Actor and author Henry Winkler, best known for his role as the Fonz on TV's "Happy Days," talked to patients and staff at Froedtert Hospital about upper limb spasticity, a condition often affecting people who suffer strokes. Winkler began speaking publicly about the problem since his mother developed it following a stroke.
WISN.com (coverage of visit)
WISN.com (announcing visit)
Froedtert Hospital Earns National Recognition for Nursing ExcellenceFrom wauwatosanow.com (July 2011) — Froedtert Hospital was again designated a Magnet Hospital, a national citation that recognizes excellence in nursing and is achieve by fewer than 6 percent of the nearly 6,000 hospitals in the United States.
Medical College's Global Health Program Helps Foster Teamwork From jsonline.com (July 2011) — Doctors and nurses from a hospital in the Central American nation of Belize saw firsthand how our academic medical center's emergency room works during a recent visit here. The visit was part of the Medical College of Wisconsin's global health program, an effort to address inequities in health care by developing partnerships and training global health leaders.
Date: Dec. 31, 2011
Online Editor(s): Richard Petre